|Larry Coryell playing his Hagstrom Swede guitar|
He was born Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III in Galveston Texas, but grew up in Richland, Washington. When his mother re-married. Larry took his beloved stepfather’s surname, Coryell. He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate degree and during those years played in some area club bands.
|Coryell with Chico Hamilton Quintet|
In 1965 Larry Coryell moved to New York City to attend the Mannes School of Music. This is where he got his first big break by joining drummer Chico Hamilton’s jazz quintet.
|Coryell in the Gary Burton group|
A few years later he recorded with Jazz vibraphone player, Gary Burton as a member of Burton's band.
|The Free Spirits|
Coryell went on to become the leader of a Jazz-Rock group called The Free Spirits and recorded several album with the group.
|Larry and Julie Nathanson Coryell|
It was during this time period that he married Julie Nathanson, a writer-actress and released a solo LP entitled Lady Coryell. This and subsequent LP’s featured his wife’s photos on the cover as well as her poetry.
|1970 Album Spaces|
In late 1969 he recorded Spaces, the album for which he is best remembered. It was a guitar blow-out that also included John McLaughlin.
|Larry Coryell 1971 Barefoot Boy|
In the early 1970’s he was in a group called Foreplay, Albums from this era include some of his finest, including Barfoot Boy, Offering and The Real Great Escape.
|Coryell at Long View Farm|
After Foreplay disbanded Coryell briefly turned to the acoustic guitar. He returned to the acoustic guitar for albums with the Brubeck Brothers and Mouzon.
|The Guitar Trio|
By 1979 Coryell formed The Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. The group toured Europe. Sadly his addiction lead to him being replaced by Al Di Meola.
Larry stated that he sought help for his problems and became sober, but attended counselling most of his adult life.
|1967 Super 400|
Throughout his career, Larry Coryell played a variety of interesting guitars. He seemed to be most fond of archtop, hollowbody electrics and even states in an interview that his favorite guitar was his 1967 Gibson Super 400.
|Younger days with the '67 Super 400|
Interestingly, he views guitars as "wood and metal"; Coryell was all about the music.
|Coryell with his first Super 400|
In his younger days he played a different Gibson Super 400. This one was blonde and had a single floating pickup mounted on the pickguard. This guitar was stolen.
|With Hagstrom Swede|
For a long time he played a Hagstrom Swede. This was a solidbody guitar that he says he received when his manager made a deal with the company and he used it for nearly 12 years.
|Coryell with Ovation Adamas|
Coryell also liked the older Ovations that were made in the 70’s, as they were durable road guitars, had great piezo pickups, and had the feel of electric guitars. At one time he even played an Adamas 12 string.
|With Matthews Telecaster|
|Coryell with Parker Guitar|
Larry Coryell is well known for playing a blonde Parker semi-acoustic hollowbody guitar. He also played a similar model with a sunburst finish.
|Coryell with Parker Event Series acoustic|
Coryell must have been fond of Parkers, as he also owned and played a Parker Event Series acoustic steel string guitar, that was made by Washburn.
|Larry Coryell Cort model|
At one point Cort Guitars offered a Larry Coryell model.
|Coryell with his SF Twin Reverb|
For much of his career Coryell relied on Fender Twin Reverb amplifiers. Later in life he only used this amp for loud gigs, instead relying on a Jazz-Kat BluesKat amp or a Henriksen amplifier.
|With Hamer Monaco III|
He said that used little or no reverb, preferring a touch of delay and chorus to get his sound.
|The Original Eleventh House|
He was planning an extensive 2017 summer tour with a reformed the Eleventh House.
He is survived by his wife, Tracey, his daughter Annie, his sons Murali and Julian, and his daughter Allegra, as well as six grandchildren. Both of his sons play guitar and have their own trios
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